Military Wiki
Nicholas Thomas Kane
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1887 – September 14, 1887
Preceded by John Swinburne
Succeeded by Charles Tracey
Personal details
Born (1846-09-12)September 12, 1846
County Waterford, Ireland
Died September 14, 1887(1887-09-14) (aged 41)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Resting place St. Agnes Cemetery, Colonie, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic

Nicholas Thomas Kane (September 12, 1846 – September 14, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Life and career

Nicholas T. Kane was born in County Waterford, Ireland on September 12, 1846.[1] His family moved to the United States in 1848 and settled near Albany, New York, and Kane attended the local schools.[2]

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1863, joining the 20th New York Cavalry.[3] He attained the rank of Corporal twice, and each time was reduced to Private.[4][5] Kane served until the end of the war in 1865, and afterwards remained active in the Grand Army of the Republic.[6][7]

After the war, Kane worked in woolen mills in New York and Rhode Island, as did several of his brothers and other relatives. He became wealthy as the owner and operator of several successful mills in New York.[8][9][10][11]

A Democrat, Kane was Watervliet's Town Supervisor and represented Watervliet on the Albany County Board of Supervisors from 1883 to 1885. He was president of the county board in 1885.[12][13]

In 1886 Kane was elected to the 50th United States Congress. He served from March 4, 1887, until his death from tuberculosis in Albany on September 14, 1887, before the Congressional session started.[14][15][16] (At the time, elections were held in November, terms began the following March 4th, and the Congressional session began in the following December.)

He was interred in St. Agnes Cemetery, Colonie, New York.[17]


  1. U.S. Government Printing Office, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1961, 1961, page 1143
  2. George Baker Anderson, Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York, 1897, pages 295-296
  3. Pittston Gazette, Death of Congressman-Elect Kane, September 15, 1887, retrieved via West Pittston Library Collection, July 2, 2014
  4. New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900, entry for Nicholas Kane, retrieved July 2, 2014
  5. U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, entry for Nicholas Kane, retrieved July 2, 2014
  6. Grand Army of the Republic, Department of New York, Abstract of General Orders and Proceedings of the Annual Encampment, Volume 22, 1888, page 127
  7. Grand Army of the Republic, Journal of the National Encampment, Volume 21, 1886, page 20
  8. Wade's Fibre and Fabric, Labor Matters at Cohoes, N.Y., Volume 4, January 22, 1887, page 371
  9. A.J. Weise, History of the Seventeen Towns of Rensselaer County, pages 140-141
  10. Mary D. French, Andrew St. J. Mace, Sand Lake Historical Society, Sand Lake Revisited, 2007, page 18
  11. Fibre and Fabric, Syracuse, N.Y., December 3, 1892
  12. Albany County Board of Supervisors, Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Albany, 1922, pages 793-794
  13. History of the city of Watervliet, N.Y., 1630 to 1910, 1910, pages 107-108
  14. Albany Times, Funeral of N. T. Kane, September 16, 1887
  15. Rome (N.Y.) Daily Sentinel, Congressman-elect Kane is Dying, September 4, 1887
  16. Marion (Ohio) Star, Congressman Kane Dead, September 15, 1887
  17. Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 243

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Swinburne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

March 4, 1887 – September 14, 1887
Succeeded by
Charles Tracey

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).